While we certainly have some challenging hills in the Harbour City, commuting by bike is worth considering. Both the Parkway Trail and the E&N Trail connect various points of the community and being able to rack your bike on RDN buses makes navigating Nanaimo easier than you may think.

Check out our 2018 Cycling Map (PDF) to help you find your way around town. We also have a Digital Cycling Map as well for you to check out! 


GoByBike  (Bike to Work Week)

Since 1997, Nanaimo has celebrated traveling by bicycle during Bike To Work Week. In 2018, the province changed the event name to GoByBike in order to celebrate all cycling trips.

Interested in joining the fun? Check out the Nanaimo GoByBike website to register, join a team, and for more details on the next GoByBike event! 

Learn to Ride a Bike

Nanaimo is a great place to discover by bicycle! A number of the city playgrounds feature paved training routes for little ones who are new to two wheels (Altrusa and Forest Drive, for example). Be sure to check out the Activity Guide for fun programs about bike riding, such the Street-Smarts Commuter Cycling Skills program.

Cycling Within Our City

If you are already familiar with cycling, there are a number of community groups you can get involved with. Below is a list of cycling groups which operate within the City. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced cyclist, there are a wide variety of resources for everyone at every skill level.

Other cycling resources can be found below:

Protect Your Bike from Theft

Project 529 is a website and app where you can register your bike. In the case that your bike is stolen, the registered information will help authorities find and return your bike to you. Don't delay - register today! Watch this video to learn more.

Last updated: October 25, 2022

Do You Love Biking? Us Too!

We are trying to break down the stereotype that cyclists are mostly MAMILs* (middle-aged men in lycra). Let us know a little bit about your cycling journey so that we can share it with the rest of Nanaimo and prove that it's not true!

*Here in the City of Nanaimo we accept cyclists of all ages and all abilities - so yes, we love MAMILs too!

We want to know more about your cycling. Let us know why you ride and share a picture of your bike.

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